call for abstracts
Call for Abstracts Open: Tuesday 10 September 2019
Submission Deadline: Sunday 17 November 2019, 11:59pm AEST
Notification of Acceptance: December 2019
Prospective attendees should be able to get a good idea of the session from the title alone.
All submitted abstracts must meet all of the following requirements:
- Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English
- Text should be entered in sentence case
- The size of your abstract body should be limited to 500 words
- Your abstract will be submitted as plain text on the submission site (it is recommended that you copy and paste your abstract into the field provided).
- Describe what will be presented, focusing on the material to be covered, and the benefits to the attendees
- Identify whom the session is intended for, listing job titles etc.
- Describe the style of presentation (Presentation vs. demo) and type (Strategic vs. Technical)
Along with submitting your abstract, you must also:
- Review the ‘Speaking Terms of Agreement’ prior to submitting your abstract (this includes information on speaker entitlements)
- Submit a biography (limited to 150 words), high quality photo (300 dpi) and high quality company logo (300 dpi) which will be used on our event website and app. If you company has a style guide that must accompany your logo, please ensure you attach a copy when submitting your abstract.
- Provide a 50-word synopsis and (up to) a 500-word body of your abstract, used on the event website of accepted abstracts
- Outline three (3) key learning objectives that attendees of your session will have learnt
- Identify whom the session is intended for, listing job titles etc.
- Confirm that at least one speaker will be registered to the event to present the submitted abstract.
If you have questions or simply want to run your ideas past one of the team before submitting – reach out to one of our speaker managers, Clay Hickling at [email protected] & Melanie Tristram at [email protected]
After review of the submissions, we may contact you to suggest adjustments to your subject matter or mode of presentation, so that we can deliver a conference with the expected scope and quality of subject matter.
To ensure the quality of our conference, we maintain a limit of 3 presentations per speaker; however you are free to submit a greater number of abstracts for consideration if you wish.
- Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the BILT Committee.
- Abstracts will be approved on their merit, within the conference’s time and resource constraints.
- Successful applicants will present in either a 75 minute session or a 75 or 150 minute lab (these time frames are a guide only and are subject to change until the program is finalised). Applicants should indicate the preferred length of their planned session during abstract submission.
- Sessions can take the form of labs, technical presentations, or facilitated discussions. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed and encouraged to be put forward as an abstract.
- If you are considering submitting a panel discussion, we encourage you to consider diversity of views and backgrounds when assembling your panel members
- Feedback suggests that our delegates are becoming more experienced with use of software tools and as such are seeking more advanced sessions. Therefore, submitted abstracts should be classified as (and suitable for) Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, Guru or All Levels.
Speaker(s) present from front of room, usually accompanied by audio-visual. These types of sessions range from ‘how to’ through to real project case studies. Session size ranges from 20 – 100 delegates.
Delegates learn from the speaker using step-by-step live learning experiences, whilst sitting at a computer. There may be provision for a small gallery of additional delegates that bring their own laptops to follow the lab, but you are not required to give them assistance during the lab session. Session size would typically range from 20 – 40 delegates.
A selected group of people gather to discuss, debate or present a topic or a variety of topics in front of an audience.
Delegates take part in an discussion or activity within a private room. Participants discuss a particular topic or topics, of which is submitted via the abstract process. The speaker acts as a Facilitator for the session.
A maximum of 24 delegates take part in an intimate discussion or activity, in a U-Shape (or similar) layout within a private room. Participants discuss a particular topic or topics, of which is submitted by the speaker. The speaker acts as a moderator for the session.
During your submission, we will be asking you to select lifecycle phase, topics, vendor, and audience types, which you believe best reflect the nature of your abstract.
Abstracts may be classified under any of the following tags:
- Operations & Maintenance
- Not applicable
Levels of Expertise
Speakers must ensure their nominated experience levels matches the content in their presentation.
See a full explanation of each level below:
A general understanding of concepts related to the presentation topic is assumed, but detailed understanding of the specific aspects covered in the topic is not. Delegates are expected to be comfortable with the software generally but may be new to the topic you are covering.
The session is expected to explore specific, detailed, high-level and complex functionality and concepts that are, nevertheless, generally encapsulated within the existing capabilities of the program or tool. Delegates are expected to have a good working knowledge of the topic of the class, but not the experience to push it to the degree that is proposed within your session.
The session is expected to be innovative and forward thinking, exploring new areas and discussing best practice solutions. Delegates are expected to already have a very good knowledge of the subject and may often be other speakers, or people who could be speakers! There is unlikely to be a need to explain concepts, definitions and the like, but expect a potentially robust discussion from people who will know what they are talking about.
“You live on the raw, bleeding edge of what your software can do, and only smile when it screams in protest and spits out results even the developers said it couldn't manage. If you don’t believe you could be teaching this class, it may not be for you.” There is no such thing as too difficult or arcane for a guru class…
These sessions tend to focus on general principals and concepts that do not require deep and/ or specific knowledge of tools. The sessions often take the form of forums, panel discussions and the like, but also include lecture style sessions with a more theoretical/ philosophical orientation.
General topics of interest
- Large Projects
- Small Projects
- Urban Planning Projects… and every project in between
- Success Stories
- Architectural Projects
- Engineering Projects (Any discipline)
- Any Trade Contractor Projects
- Feasibility Studies
- New Tools* or features for BIM authoring platforms (Revit / ARCHICAD / Tekla / etc.)
- Emerging Technologies*
- ADSK Solutions
- IFC Solutions
- Interoperability with Other Design Applications*
- Computational / Generative Design*
- Collaboration / Coordination*
- Data Linking / Mining
- Quantity Surveying / Estimating (5D)
- Construction Planning / Scheduling (4D)
- Documentation / Detailing*
- Construction Administration
- Life Cycle Analysis
- Massing / Adaptive Points
- Approaches to Modeling*
- Multiple Model Strategies*
- Mass Production in Construction
- Best Practices & Productivity
- Gamification / Virtual Reality
- Applications for new features / tools
- File Management
- Content / Families*
- QA / QC
- Hardware / Virtualization
- System Administration
- Deployments Strategies
- Project Management
- Project Setup*
- In-House Training (New and On-going)
- Integrated Development Environments (including Dynamo)*
- Macros / Scripting*
- Organisational BIM Implementation
- Adapting to Government Standards
- Legal Issues
- Intellectual Property
- QA / QC
- Human Resources
- Industry / Governing Bodies
- Application Expose for Practice Leaders
- Project Delivery Methods
- Proposals and Contracts
- Staffing and Workflows
- Collaboration / Discussion Topics
- Classic Screw-ups
- Goofy / Unusual